Photo of Silvia Marchig by Maura Batarilovic

2:00pm – 3:30pm
November 24, 2020
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[Virtual] Movement Research Festival in New York City and Improspekcije Festival (Antisezona) in Zagreb, Croatia present GPS Chats: Close Encounters of a Dance Kind (Croatia/Iran/USA).

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The event features mayfield brooks (USA), Saghar Hosseinpour (Iran), Silvia Marchig (Croatia), Kayvon Pourazar (USA/Iran), Sonja Pregrad (Croatia), Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović (Croatia), and Marýa Wethers (USA) in an online and live meeting format that combines the artist talk format of GPS Chats and an improvised-interview-performance format of Close Encounters of a Dance Kind, developed by the Antisezona team.

It is also the first meeting of seven artists and cultural producers from Croatia, Iran, and USA involved in the OPEN Exchange Residency, which tries to establish communication, exchange, and artistic and cultural dialogue among these three locations and contexts.

The OPEN Exchange Residency was originally planned to happen in Zagreb, Croatia in May 2020, but due to this year’s events, an online meeting has been organized for November 2020 with the live residency rescheduled for 2021.

We are happy to join some of the artists we have been working with already together with some new ones, and hear their voices, questions and proposals for movement.


At Movement Research, we are actively working to make our online platforms and events accessible to all. American Sign Language interpreters (provided by LC Interpreting Services, USA), Audio Description (provided by Marielys Burgos Meléndez, Puerto Rico/USA) and automatically generated Closed Captions will be available for the live event. Additionally, an accessible PDF program will be available for download.

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About GPS Chats:

GPS Chats is a series offering GPS artists in residence a platform to share about their creative practice and living and working as independent contemporary dance artists in their cultural contexts. The series features international artists in conversation with local artists about the importance of international cultural exchange on the development of their creative practices.

About Movement Research Festivals:

Movement Research Festivals, curated by a team of artists, explore contemporary dance forms through performances, classes, workshops, and discursive events. MR Festivals allow for a varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns and reflect Movement Research’s mission of valuing artists, their creative process, and their vital role within society. The Fall Festival centers around performances at our long-time festival home, Danspace Project.

A note on 2020 Festival events...

Like many event series happening this year, Movement Research's Festival looks a bit different. Rather than condensing a series of in-person events, workshops and performances into a five day period in December, various events like this GPS Chat will be scheduled throughout the coming months. We hope you'll join us in exploring this new format, and connect with artists around the globe.

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